Principal Double Bass
Ben officially joined Aurora in 2012 shortly after performing Mozart’s infamous double bass showpiece ‘Per quest bella mano’ with the orchestra. He has wide and varied experience of orchestral playing, including dozens of tours with the LSO and the John Wilson Orchestra. Chamber music includes regular appearances at the Cheltenham Festival, Guy Johnston’s Hatfield House Festival and collaborations with several high-profile quartets. He enjoys yoga, cooking and skiing.
My favourite memory of Aurora was getting down to St Kilda beach on the first day of our tour to Melbourne in 2014. It was boiling, we’d just travelled for 22 hours and it was raining in England. The first concert there was incredible: 18 months of toil to make the tour happen, a huge cost financially and a lot of pressure. And we were playing the Australian composer Brett Dean’s ‘Pastoral Symphony’!